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In this inventive, short, yet perfectly formed novel inspired by traditional Norse mythology, Neil Gaiman takes readers on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods and back.

In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezin...more
Hardcover, 117 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by HarperCollins (first published March 3rd 2008)
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Stacey
Each time I read something by Gaiman, I think, “This. This is where he excels.” Whether it's a fairy story (Stardust,) or a children's story (Coraline.) Or the melding of American Mythology with a new Mythology of his creation (American Gods, Anansi Boys.) Maybe it's something vaguely steampunkish and other-worldly, like Neverwhere. Sometimes it's when I revist the complexities in Sandman.

Or maybe I'm not actually that fickle, and I just like the way his phrasing and ideas are like mainlining s...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Odd and the Frost Giants was a quick, but very rewarding book to listen to on audio. The author himself narrated, and his voice is very pleasant to listen to. He knows his characters best and animated them as richly as he had intended them. The Norse mythology elements were interesting, and I loved how Mr. Gaiman injects a humorous view of the constant strife between the Aesir and the Frost Giants. He embodies the traits of Odin, Thor, and Loki very well, and their animal forms fit what characte...more
Stephen
3.0 to 3.5 stars. An excellent children's story set in the world of Norse mythology. I listened to the audio version of this book (read by Neil Gaiman himself) which really added to the enjoyment of the story. Definitely one to read out loud to the kids until they are old enough to enjoy his more mature books.
Nikki
It was probably more fun listening to Neil Gaiman read Odd and the Frost Giants than to read it. He's a good reader -- not all authors are good at reading their own work, but he is: he brings it to life, giving each character a distinctive voice without it sounding at all forced.

The story itself is a simple one, based on the gods of Norse saga with a few wry references to events mentioned in the Prose Edda (Loki turning himself into a mare, for example). There's a surprising number of references...more
Monica!
Neil Gaiman needs to stop being so readable. Seriously. I should not find a dinky novella so vastly entertaining, especially when it’s aimed at kids twenty years younger than me.

Sigh.

But he is so readable, and I am so vastly entertained, so I will try to get over it.

Odd and the Frost Giants is cute little Norse mythology type of book, with a likeable hero, a cast of miscellaneous gods and goddesses (and Loki, who seems determined to show up in every book I’ve read recently), a fairly sympatheti...more
Sarah
Gaiman does a lot of things really well, but I love his work best when he is playing with myth and folklore. That includes the Sandman, American Gods, lots of his short stories, and most of his work for children and young adults; sure, some of the myth is of his own making, but I think it fits nicely in with the more traditional canon.
It's not as richly conceived or populated as many of Gaiman's books or stories. That said, it doesn't need to be. It's a myth and a fairy tale and a coming of age...more
Kat
Basic plot: Odd is, well, a bit odd and goes on an adventure to get the frost giants out of Asgard.

What a wonderful, little book this was! Gaiman's whimsy is in full effect in this story about growing up. As sad as I was that it was very brief, I have to give it to Gaiman for knowing his craft well enough to know how long a story should be and actually following through with that knowledge. The tie-ins to Norse mythology are fun and in line with traditional Norse myth.

It's a great "starter" chap...more
Louize
During Mother's Day, my family and I had the pleasure of seeing THOR at the movies. And yes, Chris Hemsworth is absolutely charming and *divinely cut* (exactly how my niece described him).

Neil Gaiman's Thor is also charming, if I may point out, for a bear. And very lucky indeed to have Odd on his side. I wish Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz thought of him when they wrote the script for the movie. Odd could have smiled his way through the gates of Asgard. But then, again, Chris can smile too... and...more
c.o.lleen ± (... never stop fighting) ±
A short, sweet story filled with lots of wry little touches. Probably helps if you know a bit about some Norse mythology, but probably not a necessity - just helps to get some of the jokes.

A good story, a nice lesson, well told and with humor. I approve. :)
Darkshadow
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Odd ve Ayaz Devleri, Neil Gaiman'ın Türkçe olarak yayımlanan son kitabı. Kitap henüz Perşembe günü çıkmıştı ve Cuma günü benim elimdeydi. Eh, Neil Gaiman söz konusu olunca beklemeye hiç mi hiç gelmiyor, efendim. Çünkü neymiş; Neil bir harikaymış! Bana hasret çektiren, "ah olsa da okusam!" dedirttiren nadir yazarlardan kendisi. Çok seviyorum çok, öyle böyle değil. Karanlık, aynı zamanda eğlenceli tarafını, tuhaf huylarını, her şeyini.

San...more
Mark Wilkerson
I very much enjoy exploring the worlds that Gaiman creates, and upon first opening the pages, I was ready to be transported to these fun worlds. When Odd, a crippled boy with a vivid imagination, wanders into the world, I thought, "Okay, here it comes..." And, indeed, when Odd meets Thor, Odin, and Loki (Wow!) I thought that finally, I would get a tale worthy of these epic characters. And what did I get?


SPOILERS AHEAD................................................................




I got three wh...more
Danielle Barclay
Written by Neil Gaiman for World Book Day in the UK, Odd and the Frost Giants, seems to have been penned with a real dose of magic in the quill! From the moment I began reading this whimsical story about the son of a sea-faring Viking, set in ancient Scandinavia, I experienced an instant connection with Odd, and was transported through time to a simpler world who's inhabitants place value on craft and physical strength. Odd and the Frost Giants is a coming of age story about a young boy faced wi...more
Callista
Nov 05, 2011 Callista rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Julia Andersen
A lovely book. Not being very familiar with Norse mythology, I don't know if the story is based on an established one, but it's a delightful story. Cosy like a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy day. Full of vivid description and wry humour. I liked Odd's determination, his calmness, and his infuriating smile; and his connection to his mother and his decision at the end were touching. Thor as a bear, Loki as a fox, and Odin as an eagle--fantastic. Loki is so full of it. And the illustrations by Bre...more
Chris
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Warnie B.
The story of how Odd saves Asgard (not to mention Midgard) with a smile...

I really liked this one--it feels like a story that's been passed down through the oral tradition, like something that would be told at a campfire while huddled against a cold, dark night--Gaiman did a great job of creating that sensation. It takes place in ancient Norway, and involves the Norse Gods--Thor, Odin, and Loki--as well as a few others from Asgard and neighboring places, and stories about that crew are always ki...more
Kate
This was a cute story. I knew that it was based on Norse myths and for some reason (probably the bear) I thought it was based on the "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" myth but that is more like "Beauty and the Beast" with a polar bear as the beast (at least according to what I read on SurLaLune Fairytales).

Odd is a young crippled boy whose runs away from home one winter after his widowed mother has remarried. He encounters a fox who leads him far into the wilderness, where he comes upon a bear...more
Cherie
It was a very nice retelling of a Norse legend of the Asgard gods, Odin, Thor, and Loki and seemed to imply at the end that the boy Odd may have been our boy Bod (From the Graveyard story) in a "different" form.
In brief: Odd is a young man, whose leg has been severly smashed and broken when a tree fell on him in the forrest. He does not fit in the community and runs away to live alone in the forrest. He is not alone long, when he meets an eagle, bear, and fox. The animals are the gods from Asga...more
Michael the Girl
Alright, alright, I admit to ordering this book from Amazon UK. It wasn't going to be in the US until the fall, and that was just unacceptable. It's the World Book Day edition, so it cost 1 pound to buy and like 10 to ship.

It's a charming little Gaiman fable, more in the vein of Interworld than Coraline. Odd (a real Scandinavian name) has an infuriating smile and a run in with some Norse Gods. However, there's only one Frost Giant (truth in advertising people!!). But it's sweet and short and I...more
Nikki
Fun little quick read. I imagine it'd be quite fun to hear Neil Gaiman reading it -- he'd do all the voices just right. I can never read The Graveyard Book without hearing it narrated in Neil Gaiman's voice and way of speaking, and this is much the same.

It's very short, but it's fun, and based fairly accurately on the Norse gods we know from the Eddas. It's kind of fun, reading it with that in mind -- I wonder how it is when you don't have the knowledge from the Eddas, which I doubt most childre...more
Ashlee Willis
A short, sweet, charmingly fun story. The first I've ever read by Neil Gaiman. It was creatively written, and I loved that it included some of my favorites...Thor and Loki. Great for all ages!
Jessica
A fun fable, set in Norway, where an unwanted young man encounters the Norse gods and frees Asgard from the Frost Giants.

Lovely little book! It's always nice for me to read a book that portrays medieval Norway in a good light, since Norway is my passion. This story was a bit like Erik the Viking for kids!
Angela Alcorn
A charming little book steeped in Norse gods and a positive outlook on life. Neil always writes beautifully, no matter how young the intended audience, and he has such a knack for bringing ancient myths to life. Lovely story!
Misty
Just under a 4. Cute enough, and I liked it more as it went on (as is the general rule for me when it comes to Gaiman's writing).
Review to come.
Marta Boksenbaum
Gaimen's story based on Norse Mythology is a fun adventure with an unlikely hero. No really, he's not just a scrawny boy no one understands, he is also handicapped, and surprisingly cautious and sensible. In fact, he meets three gods, and becomes their leader in their quest because of his intelligence and logic. Though the gods are stuck in animal form, they could have told him what to do, but he leads them to their home and defeats the frost giants for them. This story is a delightful adventure...more
Nikki
Odd and the Frost Giants is a cute story and one that I would surely have loved when I was a child. The inclusion of Norse mythology, including Loki who is always fun, was great I thought. Having such a likeable main character in Odd was a good choice and made the story move rather smoothly. I only had a couple of issues with the story and that was the ineptitude of the gods (GODS! and they need a little boy to help them!) and the fact that the frost giant was so damn easily fooled. I realize th...more
Paul Eckert
Nobody does a quest story like Neil Gaiman, and over the years it has proven to be his bread and butter. The reason why it always works so well is that he gives us strange characters that we can relate to, characters that want something and must strive and suffer to get it.

The premise in a nutshell: In Norway during the time of the Vikings, a young boy named Odd runs away from home and encounters three gods who have been displaced from their home by the Frost Giants and transformed into animals...more
Sarah Mayor Cox
I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s work. His writing ranges from the macabre to the whimsical and he is one of the stars on the international literary scene with an amazing website and a regular string of tweets.

In Odd and the Frost Giants, Gaiman takes a very simple reluctant hero trope and turns it into a quirky tale of friendship, lateral thinking and acceptance. Gaiman is a master storyteller who has such a laconic way of relating a tale and slipping in important detail:

There was a boy called...more
Sofia
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I'm pleased to say that this year's reading is off on a great start with the novella
"Odd and the Frost Giants" by Neil Gaiman.
I've read this book before, a couple of years ago. I liked it then, but I loved it this time around. I thinks it's partly because I read this in English this time, while I read the Italian translation, which, while good, paled in comparison to the original version, and partly because I have become a hu...more
Kit★
I read so many good things on here and other booksites about Gaiman's writing, so I've sort of been dying to try him out. Then, after the winter holiday rush was over, Wal-Mart had a small selection of bargain books available, and that's where I found this little gem. I saw it and thought that due to it's small size it'd be perfect to test the waters with. I've always been interested in mythology, and historic settings, so this book fit right in with my likes. It's a book geared toward children,...more
annik
Одд – хромуша на одну ногу – сбегает из дома, где его притесняет отчим со своим выводком. Как бы ни было жалко оставлять маму, он берет топорик, палочку и перекус, и отправляется в отцовский домик. А дело происходит зимой, когда и с двумя здоровыми ногами не побегаешь по сугробам.
На следующее утро его внимание привлекает лисичка, которая строит ему глазки и завлекает на прогулку в лес. Одд, недолго думая, идет за комком рыжего меха, ведь эта пусечка выглядит как animal with a plan. В итоге он пр...more
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